In the night sky, Magha is represented by Regulus (Alpha-Leonis), the brightest star in the constellation of Leo. The name Magha translates as “Magnificent” and is symbolized by a royal throne. People born under Magha have the ability to use power and position to attain their highest goals. The core of this nakshatra is achievement and nobility. Magha is ruled by the Pitris, the ancestors of the human race. Those born under this star have a strong connection to their lineage and often have grand expectations for their children. Magha produces an appreciation for tradition and ritual. People born under this nakshatra take pride in where they came from and maintain established traditions.This star demands strong morals and can give honor and prestige if one follows an ethical code. Those born under Magha are magnanimous and have a regal, even lion-like demeanor.
General Characteristics: Generous, spiritually inclined; respectful of ancestors, manage numerous people; and engaged with work.
Translation: "Mighty" or "The Magnificent"
Symbol: Royal Throne or Palanquin
Animal Symbol: Male Rat
Presiding Deity: Pitras, the Fathers of Humanity; ancestors.
Controlling Planet: Ketu
Ruling Deity of Ketu: Ganesha
Nature: Rakshasa (Demon)
Disposition: Fierce or Aggressive (Ugra)
Bird: Male Eagle
Common Name: Banyan
Botanical Name: Ficusbengalensis
Seed Sounds: Ma, Mi, Mu, Me
Also related to Planets: Sun, as the ruler of Leo.
Each Nakshatra is divided into four quarters called padas that contain more specific characteristics of a person born during the pada of Magha:
|First Pada|| 00°00′ to 3°20′ Leo
Ruled by: Mars
Soul Sound: Ma
|Second Pada|| 3°20′ to 6°40′ Leo
Ruled by: Venus
Soul Sound: Mi
|Third Pada|| 6°40′ to 10°00′ Leo
Ruled by : Mercury
Soul Sound: Mu
|Fourth Pada|| 10°00′ to 13°20′ Leo
Ruled by: Moon
Soul Sound: Me
Strengths: Respectful of traditions, enjoys ceremony, follows chain of command, intelligent, optimistic, reliable, respectful, kind, well-balanced, compassionate, craves attention and likes being served, admired by many, performs well with praise and honor, enjoys full scale parties and a passionate love life.
Weakness: Arrogant, short tempered, egotistical, jealous, bitter, disdainful, unreachable standards, susceptible to flattery, resentful, attached to material prosperity and social status, unkind to those who do not show respect, racial superiority.
Professions: Manager, executive, chairmen, administration, royalty, government official, legend, bureaucrat, aristocrat, lawyer, judge, referee, politician, librarian, orator, historian, positions in museums, antique dealer, archaeologist, genetic engineer, researching ancient cultures, documenting ancestry, performer, orator, occultist.
Famous Maghas: Winston Churchill, Walt Whitman, Jodie Foster, Joseph Stalin, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Favorable Activities: Ceremonies, weddings, public performances, coronations, parades, award ceremonies, historical studies and research, upgrading equipment, promotions, donating gifts, religious activities, ancestor worship, settling arguments, requesting favors from people in power, researching genealogy, and exploring ancient knowledge.
Unfavorable Activities: Mundane activities, innovative technology, preparing for the future, or lending money.
Sacred Energy Vortex: Thavasimadai Sri Mahalinga Swami
The sacred temple associated with Magha star is Thavasimadai Sri Mahalinga Swami located in Thavasimadai near Dindigul in Tamil Nadu, India. Those people born under Magha star should worship the sacred shrine at some point in their lifetime.
In ancient times, this gigantic Lord Shiva temple was known as Thapas Viradam. It is presently in poor condition, with only one or two small places where deities manifest in the temple. This temple has been neglected during the Kaliyuga with little or no offerings being made to the deities. It is truly the responsibility of devotees to renovate the temple and return this sacred shrine to the ancient prominence it once had. There are still abundant energies generated through austerity at Thavasimadai.
The people born under Magha star have the magnificent energy of leadership. They should be involved in charities, philanthropy, and perform penance with the guidance of a spiritual teacher as they possess spiritual energy to gain distinction in every field. They are capable of success in government, administration, and worldly affairs. Magha star is ruled by Ketu, people born under Magha should worship at this temple during days favorable to Ketu and then they will receive the benefic effects. Abhishekam and worship should be performed to Lord Shiva at this temple. An offering of puffed rice, the favorite of the great sages, can be made to the deities and then given to the poor.
There are two goddesses at Thavasimadai Sri Mahalingeswarar temple. These goddesses are placed at the side of the main shrine, as this is the custom of worshipping the goddesses. In ancient times thousands of rishis and saints were in deep mediation to perform penance at this temple. The women, wanting to refrain from disturbing the rishis and saints, developed the habit of worshipping from a distance.
Mahaththavam is when the service to God is entrusted by the spiritual teacher continues until the teacher orders it to stop. The shrine at Thavasimadai is filled with abundance of Mahaththava superhuman powers. The great sage, Bharadwaja Maharishi conducted meditation here. Those born under Magha star would benefit by visiting the temple and returning it to a place of spiritual austerity.
Magha natives, your incense is made with the herb Banyan as prescribed by the Vedas.
Burning one of these pillars is like performing a mini fire ritual for that particular star formation. For your specific Birthstar, you will be able to connect inwardly to your planet of energetic origin and gain support with the positive aspects that are you.
Burning the other Nakshatra pillars on that specific Nakshatra day will tune you in with the favorable activities with that star’s energy for the day. It is recommended to at least burn your own personal Nakshatra pillar daily to stay connected to your essence. It is advantageous to burn the days Nakshatra pillar as well.